well grounded (adj)

1based on good evidence or reasons: soundly based; well founded.
2having a good training in or knowledge of a subject.

Well Grounded provides organisation development support to civil society organisations in Africa so they have real and sustainable impacts on natural resource governance and community rights. Our clients are therefore African civil society organisations that approach us because they want support to improve or change how they are working. At the moment, we are working specifically with organisations in the Congo Basin and Liberia to become more effective.

Well Grounded works directly with clients face-to-face and also offers advice and support at a distance.

The organisation development services that we offer to our clients are tailored to each one's particular needs. This often requires helping clients to think through and prioritise the many issues they are dealing with internally and then to come up with strategies and tactics that will enable them to tackle them. Well Grounded also facilitates links and exchanges with other organisations in the region or internationally to enable peer-to-peer learning and mentoring.

Our services:

Well Grounded provides organisation development by offering diagnosis, analysis and evaluation, as well as facilitation, coaching and workshops to address priorities that we and our clients identify together. This support can range from a session of a few hours or days to several sessions over several months.

Primary areas of focus include:

Values, vision, mission & strategy

Supporting planning & evaluation

Leadership development

Relationship & interpersonal skills

Team building & development

Our services are designed to support clients to reflect, learn and take conscious action based on their own vision, mission and values. The ultimate goal is to support the delivery of high-quality work and sustainable impact. Wherever the resources for their work come from, we help clients to ensure that they can keep in sight their own objectives and those of the communities and groups with which they work, and that they internalise the learning from any specific initiatives so that they can make use of it in existing and new work that they develop themselves.

Watch the video by clicking on the screen to the right to hear Cath Long, co-founder of Well Grounded, explain our work in the context of Voluntary Partnership Agreement processes underway in the Congo Basin.